NAMI and the VA embarked on a project to work together to help veterans and their families. They created a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that the two organizations would work together to recruit families to participate in the NAMI Family to Family Education Program. This is being done in various parts of our country and has proven to be a very effective way to support our vets and help their families understand mental illness with a focus on PTSD.
In July 2012, NAMI Santa Clara County was awarded a grant from the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem to set up kiosks in three VA locations and five others in the community. Each kiosk will have various brochures from NAMI and other agencies offering mental health information and help. There is a 15 minute video presentation (shown above) that provides resources and education about the various types of mental illness.
The first kiosk was set up on October 7th at West Valley College in the Campus Center. They have a Veteran’s Resource Center on campus as well. We are working to place the remaining kiosks at El Camino Hospital, Stanford Hospital, DeAnza College and San Jose State University.
A special thank you to our sponsor, the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem, for all the wonderful work they do to help our veterans and their families!